Adam Al-Sarraf

Attorney Advisor-International

Adam Al-Sarraf is an Attorney Advisor with the Commercial Law Development (CLDP) of the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of the General Counsel. Mr. Al-Sarraf works primarily on the Middle East, North Africa and Latin America and Caribbean portfolios. Mr. Al-Sarraf's programming focuses on improving insolvency frameworks in Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and increasing transparency and competition in public procurement systems in Latin America and the Middle East and North Africa.

Mr. Al-Sarraf's other government and private sector experiences have also included  temporary positions at the District Court of the Southern District of New York, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and DLA Piper in Dubai.

Prior to joining CLDP, Mr. Al-Sarraf worked at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) where, as a member of the NED's Middle East and North Africa team, he helped manage the grants portfolios for Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain.  Prior to working at the NED, Mr. Al-Sarraf lived in Amman, Jordan, where he studied classical and standard Arabic at the Qasid Institute for Classical Arabic Studies. 

Mr. Al-Sarraf received his Bachelor of Arts Degree, in Middle East Studies and History, from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his Juris Doctor degree from the George Washington University Law School. He is fluent in Arabic and Spanish. He has certificates from American University for Spanish for Lawyers and WTO and US Trade Law and Policy courses and from the Organization of American States (OAS) in procurement management.

Mr. Al-Sarraf has authored articles on commercial arbitration, investor-state arbitration, commercial litigation, public procurement and bankruptcy. 

 

 

 

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

CLDP in Action

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.

Read More about Sri Lanka: FIDIC Contracts Workshop